The Cincinnati Reds won't have to worry about going to arbitration with World Series heroes Chris Sabo and Billy Hatcher.
On Wednesday, third baseman Sabo signed a one-year contract and outfielder Billy Hatcher approved a two-year deal.Meanwhile, outfielder Tom Brunansky and the Boston Red Sox avoided arbitration by reaching agreement on a multiyear contract worth about $8 million. But the papertwork remains to be completed, Burnansky's agent said.
Sabo signed for $1.25 million, plus a possible $125,000 in award bonuses such as MVP and All-Star team. Hatcher's deal was worth $1.6 million per year, with performance bonuses worth up to $150,000 each season and an option for a third year.
Sabo, 29, batted .563 in the Series with two home runs. But the MVP award went to pitcher Jose Rijo.
The Reds were happy with the signing and with that of Hatcher, who set World Series records for most consecutive hits and highest batting average in a four-game series (.750).
Sabo had filed for a $1.395 million deal in arbitration. The Reds had offered $850,000. Sabo made $320,000 last season.
Hatcher filed for $1.35 million and the Reds offered $950,000. He made $690,000 last season.
Hatcher, 30, hit .276 last season with 30 stolen bases.
The signings left the Reds with two stars remaining to be dealt with. Those two are big names, however - pitcher Rijo and shortstop Barry Larkin.
Signing with Seattle was catcher Dave Valle. He is guaranteed $3.6 million under his new deal: a $200,000 signing bonus, $600,000 in 1991, $1.3 million in 1992 and $1.5 million in 1993.
Catcher Mike LaValliere and the Pittsburgh Pirates settled at $925,000, a raise of $270,000. He also can earn $110,000 more each year in performance bonuses.
Second baseman Jeff Treadway tripled his salary when Atlanta settled at $770,000, a raise of $520,000.
Left-hander Greg Cadaret and the New York Yankees settled at $620,000, a raise of $315,250. First baseman Mickey Hatcher and Los Angeles agreed to $550,000, a $50,000 raise. Shortstop Felix Fermin and Cleveland also settled at $550,000, a $245,000 raise for him.
Also on Wednesday, catcher Benito Santiago and San Diego went before arbitrator Rols Valtin, while outfielder Mike Aldrete and the Montreal Expos argued before arbitrator John Caraway.